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Women of the World Festival at the Southbank Centre – 8th to 13th March 2016



Southbank Centre’s WOW – Women of the World festival is a global network of festivals which provides a platform to celebrate the achievements of women and girls everywhere and examining the obstacles that keep them from fulfilling their potential. Launched in 2011 on the centenary of International Women’s Day by Jude Kelly, Artistic Director of Southbank Centre, WOW has since grown internationally, with 15 festivals on five continents to date. Locations include Sydney (Australia), Cardiff (Wales), Alexandria (Egypt), Hargeisa (Somaliland), New York (USA), Karachi (Pakistan) and Dhaka (Bangladesh).


WOW festival is for anyone and everyone, featuring a range of talks, debates, performances and workshops, and is planned through a series of community ‘think-in’ sessions.

Some of the highlights include:


Award-winning journalist and campaigner Beatrix Campbell explores how cuts and austerity disproportionately affect women.

In Conversation with Baroness Doreen Lawrence and Charlotte Church

Campaigner Baroness Doreen Lawrence and singer Charlotte Church speak with Jude Kelly, Artistic Director of Southbank Centre, about their work and their activism.

Rape: Giving Testimony

Why is rape more difficult to talk about than other serious crimes? Does our culture have an attitude problem with sexual assault? Jude Kelly, Artistic Director of Southbank Centre, interviews women about their experiences of rape.

Bodies of Revolution

Eve Ensler opens this session on how state violence, militarization and war against women.

Coming Out as Disabled: Body Image, Labels and Denial of Disability

One in five of us is disabled – so why do so many women try to hide their disabilities?

Arab Feminists

What are the core issues affecting women’s lives in the Arab world and what is the role of the women’s movement in revolution, war and peace building?

British Asian Women

From Nadiya Hussain winning The Great British Bake Off, to the fact more Muslim women than men are the victims of hate crimes, what does it mean to be young, female and Asian in today’s UK?

For more information about the event, visit the Southbank centre website here

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